Do you ever wonder how the law applies to the Christian in the new covenant? Well, that answer is found in Galatians & Hebrews chapters 7-10. Namely, upon Jesus’ death, the long-awaited new covenant with the seed of Abraham replaced the old covenant of law with national Israel. And that “new covenant” meant that God’s people would be of the seed of Abraham solely by faith in that seed, (that seed being Jesus). And all peoples of all nations are invited; being God’s people no longer requires being Jewish, or lawkeeping. However the law still remains, but it’s not a mechanism to justify anyone, its purpose is just the opposite. The law remains to show sinners that they are guilty in their sin, so that every month may be stopped in attempts to justify oneself, pointing sinners to place their faith in Jesus Christ to be justified before God. And praise God…Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is a completed-work for the atonement and justification for every saint in the household of God.
The following couple of verse is where we see that Jesus lived in the economy of the old covenant during His earthly life, and that the new covenant/new testament wasn’t actuated until He died. His death being the precise pivot point in which the new covenant replaced the old covenant…
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”
“For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.”
It’s only when we walk by the direction of God’s Spirit, (not the law) that we can know His joy & peace. And incidentally, living by the Spirit moves us to live to greater standards than the law does in many ways, and empowers us to do so. But it’s a gentle internal leading, not a rigid list of orders. So enjoy the following scripture, (presented in biblical order) that deals with the Christian’s relationship to the law. And pay special attention to Galatians chapter 3, this is where you’ll see that every Christian is in the seed of Abraham, and a partaker in the new covenant.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Did Jesus fulfil the law? I believe that He did no matter how one views this topic. I also know that I rely entirely on His imputed righteousness as my only righteousness. I don’t live by lawkeeping.
Look also at Luke 24.44: And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
14For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
2 Corinthians 3.7,8,9
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
2 Corinthians 3.11
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
17And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
1 Timothy 1.8,9,10
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.